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'Contra' for phones looks just as tough as the console versions

'Contra Mobile' brings the side-scrolling shooter to the touchscreen world.

Oculus Rift review: High-end VR is here -- if you can pay

The Rift requires lots of hardware and a big investment, but it's worth it.

9 things you need to know about the big 'Supergirl'/'Flash' crossover

Plus: Will Kara ever take a trip to 'The Flash' or 'Arrow'?

This gamer uses her lipstick as a controller in Counter-Strike

Playing a first-person shooter with a mouse and keyboard is passé — prepare for the future, where cosmetics are the controllers of the future. Tune into Ch

The 7 best games for the Oculus Rift

The wait is over. This week, the first consumer Oculus Rift headsets are shipping. But having a VR headset is one thing; knowing what to do with it is another. At launch, Oculus’ store has more...

Electric rollerblades go offroad with tank treads

They're a $1400 solution to your "last mile" commute woes.

Introducing Hot Reloading – React Native | A framework for building native apps using React

A framework for building native apps using React

Animals edited into action scenes make for a totally kick butt video

High-octane and very, very fluffy.

Bert and Ernie rap Warren G and Nate Dogg's 'Regulate'

"They got guns to my head, I think I'm going down, I can't believe this happenin' in my own town."

What if critics and fans are both right about Batman v Superman?

Last week, film critics came together and pulverized Batman v Superman. "Blunt, humorless, and baffling," wrote Slate's Jonathan Fischer. "It collides the brutish directorial stamp of its director...

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In Syria, militias armed by the Pentagon fight those armed by the CIA

Syrian militias armed by different parts of the U.S. war machine have begun to fight each other on the plains between the besieged city of Aleppo and the Turkish border, highlighting how little control U.S. intelligence officers and military planners have over the groups they have financed and trained in the bitter five-year-old civil war .

3 Xbox One Backward Compatibility Game List - Xbox One Wiki Guide - IGN

This list of 360 games playable on Xbox One records all backward-compatible 360 and XBLA games confirmed to function on current-gen hardware. Microsoft revealed the first 104 games that make use of the Xbox One's new backwards compatibility functionality on its November 12 service launch.

Why some Great Depression photos were punched full of holes

The black hole is the handiwork of Roy Stryker, the director of the FSA’s documentary photography program. He was responsible for hiring photographers such as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Arthur Rothstein and Gordon Parks and dispatching them across the country to document the struggles of the rural poor.

Oculus Rift Review: Rejoice, for the Age of [:] ) Has Begun

But even with that many games available, there’s a rift (no, seriously) between what the Rift can do and what you can do with the Rift. Oculus has never been quiet about the fact that it’s depending on software companies to create the compelling experiences that bring people back to VR again and again. But right now? On the eve of release? Many of the best experiences I’ve had in the Oculus ecosystem either aren’t in the Oculus Store yet, or won’t be available until the company’s Oculus Touch handheld controllers arrive later this year. That’s in stark contrast to the Gear VR, which launched with more 100 games, apps, and experiences. Granted, the technical lift to make something run at 90Hz—twice, for stereo 3D—is much tougher for a PC than it is for a phone, but the difference in launch-day content is noticeable.

The Inside Story of How Oculus Cracked the Impossible Design of VR

Similarly, your navigation experience is a supercharged version of the Gear VR—and still surprisingly basic. Three menus in front of you—suspended in midair and positioned an optimally comfortable 2.5 meters from your eye—show your recently played games and experiences on the left, all available games in the center, and a list of your friends on the right. No hallways, no virtual bottles—there’s not a single interface element that you could consider a bell or a whistle. There’s not even anything hovering behind you waiting to wow you with the promise of 360-degree space. That may seem like a missed opportunity, but it would still be VR for the sake of VR. Also, the perceptual data that Oculus dug up didn’t support it. “Once you start to get outside a 90-degree field of view, you start to turn your head,” Mitchell says. “Imagine we used the space behind you for important stuff and you have to go back all the time—you’re going to start to get tired.” And fatigue is an enemy of adoption.

Jessica Livingston: Why Startups Need to Focus on Sales, Not Marketing

JESSICA LIVINGSTON : The most important thing an early-stage startup should know about marketing is rather counterintuitive: that you probably shouldn’t be doing anything you’d use the term “marketing” to describe. Sales and marketing are two ends of a continuum. At the sales end your outreach is narrow and deep. At the marketing end it is broad and shallow. And for an early stage startup, narrow and deep is what you want — not just in the way you appeal to users, but in the type of product you build. Which means the kind of marketing you should be doing should be indistinguishable from sales: you should be talking to a small number of users who are seriously interested in what you’re making, not a broad audience who are on the whole indifferent.

The victims of the Brussels attacks

Stephanie Shults, 29, was also an accountant and had worked for the candy company Mars, which moved her to Brussels in 2014. Also a former student of Vanderbilt University, Stephanie met Justin when earning her master's degree there. She was "always sensitive to the needs of others. The one who would identify those on the periphery of (a) group or less socially inclined and extend a genuine welcome and hand of friendship," according to one of her former professors .

Oculus Rift Review: Rejoice, for the Age of [:] ) Has Begun

But even with that many games available, there’s a rift (no, seriously) between what the Rift can do and what you can do with the Rift. Oculus has never been quiet about the fact that it’s depending on software companies to create the compelling experiences that bring people back to VR again and again. But right now? On the eve of release? Many of the best experiences I’ve had in the Oculus ecosystem either aren’t in the Oculus Store yet, or won’t be available until the company’s Oculus Touch handheld controllers arrive later this year. That’s in stark contrast to the Gear VR, which launched with more 100 games, apps, and experiences. Granted, the technical lift to make something run at 90Hz—twice, for stereo 3D—is much tougher for a PC than it is for a phone, but the difference in launch-day content is noticeable.

10 Facebook asks people nowhere near Pakistan explosion if they're OK

UPDATE, March 27, 2016, 3:58 p.m. EST: A Facebook spokesperson was able to elaborate on the incident in an email to Mashable, saying, "We activated Safety Check today in Lahore, Pakistan, after a bombing that took place there. Unfortunately, many people not affected by the crisis received a notification asking if they were okay. We worked to resolve the issue and we apologize to anyone who mistakenly received the notification."

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Netflix’s Grand, Daring, Maybe Crazy Plan to Conquer the World

For Netflix, becoming a truly global network presents a path for steady growth over the next decade and beyond. It has 75 million subscribers today; there are seven billion more out there. For the world, Netflix’s aspiration could mean much more: the first glimpse at what happens when every part of an online entertainment empire, from interface to content to delivery, is engineered to be everything to everyone, all of the time.

The comeback of Lincoln is the biggest surprise in the auto industry

It follows the auspicious revival of the Continental nameplate. Lincoln showed the concept version of that car at the 2015 New York Auto Show, to crowds that were giddy to see the Rat Pack-era car make a comeback. The production version was the queen of the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, the centerpiece of a vast and glittering Lincoln stand that looked like the most stylish ocean liner on the seas.

This Handy Chrome Extension Makes Binge-Watching Netflix Even Easier

Netflix is built for binge-watching. It’s practically all I use it for. But you know what’s lame? The service bakes in stop gaps, like the occasional “continue watching” prompts and episode countdowns. These remind me of reality, and knock me out of my House of Cards -watching flow. Luckily, a genius built a new extension that gets rid of those needless annoyances.

Jimmyjane took vibrators from sleazy to chic — now, can it please the masses?

And Jimmyjane is largely responsible for that shift. The company was founded in 2003, when industrial designer Ethan Imboden saw an opportunity to inject innovation and high-end design into an industry better known for cheap products made from shabby materials. Imboden, a stylish, attractive man who combines high-design chic with Bay Area startup savvy and energy, wanted to create the kind of sex toy line a designer could be proud to have in their own bedroom: one with beautiful branding, body-safe materials, and thoughtful, ergonomic engineering and design. His first product was The Little Something, a slim, metal rod with a single speed and a replaceable motor that ran near silently – an especially impressive bit of engineering when you consider the close relationship between vibration and sound.

Pavlof’s Unexpected Eruption in Alaska Spews Ash 20,000 Feet High

The eruptions of Pavlof in 2013 and 2014 produced some impressive lava fountains and lava flows for weeks and ash plumes as high as yesterday’s event. It is unclear where on the volcano this eruption is— the 2013 and 2014 eruptions came from different vents, either the flank or the summit. Luckily, only around 3,000 people live within 100 kilometers (62 miles) of Pavlof, so most of the hazard lies in the air traffic over Alaska, although some of the river valleys near Pavlof will likely see some volcanic mudflows generated by those lava fountains and flows.

Google is completely redesigning AdWords: Offers first peek

Feng said the redesign has been informed largely by talking to advertisers across the spectrum. Three common themes emerged. First, advertisers said it felt like AdWords has been built around products and features, rather than marketers’ needs and objectives. “How the navigation is laid out can be un-intuitive and comes with a high learning curve,” said Feng.  Second, the platform has grown complex, with hundreds of features launching every year that stack up on each other. And third, the basic design looks and feels kind of dated. “The goal is to create a flexible platform for the future,” added Feng.

Yahoo Sets April 11 Deadline to Submit Preliminary Bids

The bidders were also asked for details on how they would finance a purchase, what conditions or approvals would have to be met on their end, and what key assumptions they would be making by deciding to move forward with a deal, the people said. Assumptions might include how much of a tax bill would likely be incurred by a separation of the Alibaba and Yahoo Japan assets from the core business.

DOJ cracks San Bernardino shooter's iPhone

The U.S. government has managed to access the iPhone used by San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook, bypassing a passcode that had the FBI  stymied for several weeks .

What to expect from Microsoft’s Build 2016 conference

It’s not clear what Microsoft is planning for its mobile future, but Build would be a good time for the company to explain its plans for the rest of the year. Microsoft appears to be focused on cross-platform and app opportunities on iOS and Android, but the ability for its universal apps to run across PC and phone is one of its key selling points for Windows 10. Without a strong mobile footprint, questions remain over the entire Windows 10 universal app strategy. Developers will be keen to hear more about Microsoft’s mobile efforts, so we’re hoping to hear a lot more this week.

21 Apple re-posts iOS 9.3 update for older devices to fix activation problems [Updated]

Devices affected include the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, and 5S; and the iPad 2, third- and fourth-generation Retina iPads, and the iPad Air. Apple's page doesn't mention the iPad Mini or iPod Touch lines, but according to this Twitter account that tracks iOS updates , the iPad Mini and Mini 2, and the fifth-generation iPod Touch are also affected.

Apple responds: 'This case should have never been brought'

From the beginning, we objected to the FBI's demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent. As a result of the government’s dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought.

Smallest-yet genome reveals how little we know about life — synthetic or real | ExtremeTech

The idea to create the simplest life-form possible has occurred to just about everybody who has ever studied genetics. It’s both intuitively interesting and important — what are the base, indispensable genetic technologies that life cannot do without? Figuring that out would not only grant insight into genetics, but into the definition of life itself. What aspects of life are essential, and which are simply nice to have? And, on a more human level, if we can build such a life-form, then we can legitimately claim to understand it.

Google managed to break through China's Great Firewall for 2 hours

During the period when Google was freely accessible, many internet users spread news about it on Chinese social media, such as Weibo and WeChat, with some suggesting it was a return to free speech for the nation.

Kuvee's smart bottle is like a Keurig, but for wine

The Kuvée bottle system is a two-part affair. The device itself stands roughly a foot tall, is slightly larger around than a standard 750ml container and features a large, full-color LED touchscreen where the front label should be. The bottle itself is hollow and charges on an included docking station. Really, it's more of a "smart sleeve" for the system's aluminum-clad refill canisters. You simply unscrew the twist cap from a refill, slide the bottle over it and click the two together. The bottle features a proprietary spout mechanism that prevents air from getting into the refill canister. This is meant to keep the wine fresh for up to a month. What's more, it allows you to crack open multiple bottles to taste and try without the worry over whether you'll be able to finish it before the wine turns.

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Instagrammers really want you to turn on notifications to avoid death by algorithm

so people, you're probably sick of this already, well thanks to @instagram for the spam of #letsstaytogether and turn on notifications post. I'm still going to post this cause yes I'm going to be honest here, I work really hard for this, I put a lot of time and effort into taking pictures, writing recipes and well maintaing my account and my blog. You might not actually believe it but sometimes I just sit there 30 minutes and all I do is answer comments. I know I could just not reply, no one forces me to, but I enjoy interacting with this community and I appreciate every single comment so of course I am trying to get back to you all. Anyways my point is that yes I do care if you get to see my pictures and yes I do want maintain this community as amazing as it is as of right now. Now if you fanc y doing so turn on the notifications to always be updated when new recipes are posted on my blog. So peeps, byeeee y'all I'm off to spending some time with the squad who ironically I have met over insta… Have a good one🌞✌️#letsstaytogether #instagram #notification


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Facebook apologizes for sending Lahore explosion Safety Checks to users in other areas

Facebook has apologized for accidentally sending Safety Check notifications for the Lahore, Pakistan suicide bombing on Sunday to people in other areas, including the United States and United Kingdom. Users who got notified by SMS were especially alarmed and confused because the text asked “Have you been affected by the explosion?” but did not say where it had happened.

30 Review: The Oculus Rift

Even after months of repeatedly leaping in and out of disparate worlds filled with jaw-dropping (see above) environments, every time I’ve whipped off one of the various iterations of Oculus’s Rift virtual reality headset, for a brief moment I’ve always had to wonder where exactly the device has taken me and dropped me off.

Apple's encryption battle with the FBI is over, for now

This doesn't mean that Apple is in the clear. The DoJ could ask the company to circumvent the security within a newer iPhone and this whole thing will start over again. For now, this is a victory for Apple and other companies that don't want to break the encryption of their products even if compelled by law enforcement.

Oracle seeks $9.3 billion for Google’s use of Java in Android

Oracle is seeking as much as US $9.3 billion in damages in a long-running copyright lawsuit against Google over its use of Java in Android, court filings show.

Samsung accidentally reveals the Galaxy S7 Active

Another selling point of previous Active models was increased battery capacity (the S6 Active had a 3,500mAh battery in place of the regular S6's 2,800mAh). It's likely Samsung will offer longer battery life with the S7 Active, but endurance is much less of a problem with the S7 than with previous models. The final difference between the devices -- apart from overall bulk -- will probably be hardware buttons: the Active range has traditionally had three hard buttons below its screen, rather than one hard and two capacitive.

The Nameless Mouse Behind the Largest-Ever Neural Network

A network of cortical neurons whose connections were traced from a multi-terabyte 3D data set. The data were created by an electron microscope designed and built at Harvard Medical School to collect millions of images in nanoscopic detail, so that every one of the “wires” could be seen, along with the connections between them. Some of the neurons are color-coded according to their activity patterns in the living brain. This is the newest example of functional connectomics, which combines high-throughput functional imaging, at single-cell resolution, with terascale anatomy of the very same neurons.

How to Build Your Smart Home: A Beginner's Guide

 is surveillance camera you can watch remotely from an iOS or Android device, perfect for keeping an eye on the house, the pets, even as a baby monitor. But it's a lot more than that. It's also a Z-Wave controller, monitoring all sorts of sensors to give you household control no matter where you are. The camera is excellent, with pan, tilt, and zoom functions plus sharp night vision and two-way audio.

Kanye West releases a track from new album to Apple Music & others, after promising a Tidal exclusive

But as Pitchfork noted in its report  about this new release, the Apple Music and Spotify versions of “Famous” aren’t the same as those on Tidal. (Pitchfork didn’t catch the Google Play release.) Instead, the new track is an updated version of the song which includes a change to a lyric. West had swapped the original line “she be Puerto Rican day parade wavin'” for “she in school to be a real estate agent,” says Pitchfork. This lyric was also previously changed on Tidal, we should note.

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Instagram's changing feed has triggered a global thirst crisis

This feels a little disingenuous to me. Instagram is planning to re-order the feed, and as in any major change to the way content is distributed, there will be winners and losers. If you have a lot of followers and they tend to engage with your posts a lot, you may see more engagement in the "best posts first" feed. If you have just a handful of followers and post infrequently, you may get so few likes that the individual usernames of the people who liked your post are visible underneath the photo — a social-media catastrophe.

How Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice sets up the imminent Justice League movie | News |

The other Flash scene happens earlier in the film immediately after Bruce’s nightmare about an evil Superman with an army in the future. We cut back to the Batcave where Bruce is sitting in front of a bright blue rift in the space-time continuum. In the rift is a man with armor reaching out. His mask opens and we see The Flash, mask on, inside the armor. Flash warns Bruce that Lois is “the key,” then realizes he’s “too early” before telling Bruce he was “always right about him.”

Xbox One grabs 360 games 'Halo Wars' and 'Soul Calibur 2 HD'

Xbox One grabs 360 games 'Halo Wars' and 'Soul Calibur 2 HD'

Samsung app confirms Galaxy S7 Active is in the works | ZDNet

Despite the fact that both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones are water and dust resistant to IP68 (which means they are rated for submersion in up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes), it seems that Samsung has a Galaxy S7 Active in the pipeline.

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U.S. succeeds in cracking Apple's iPhone, drops legal action

SAN FRANCISCO The U.S. Justice Department said on Monday it had succeeded in unlocking an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters and dropped its legal case against Apple, ending a high-stakes legal battle but leaving the broader struggle over encryption unresolved.

We Could Double the Number of Edible Fish in the Ocean by 2050

Fisheries in the United States, Australia, Belize, Namibia, and elsewhere have turned to fishing rights systems in recent years, with remarkable success. The new study highlights just how transformative this strategy could be if applied on a global scale. Roughly 3 billion people rely on wild-caught fish as a critical protein source today, and that number is rising. With better management, the authors estimate that wild-caught fish could feed another half billion humans in the near future.

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Wine Tech Upstart Drops a Smart Bottle on a $300 Billion Industry

The hope for Kuvée—and for the venture capitalists who put up $6 million for its launch—is that it will change the economics of the $300 billion wine industry. When people no longer have to worry about wine going bad, they’ll drink it more frequently and develop a better sense of what they like; it also has the potential to save billions of dollars in wine on its way to vinegar. At least, that’s the pitch from Vijay Manwani, Kuvée's co-founder and chief executive.

Oculus Rift Review: VR’s Rising Star Isn’t Ready for the Mainstream

It will take some time for VR storytellers to figure out this craft. But the Rift itself, while an engineering marvel, still just isn’t that good at convincing you you’re in an alternate reality. After the novelty wears off, using the 1.5-pound headset is about as awkward as sleeping on an airplane. It’s hard to avoid feeling queasy when virtual scenes move without your actual body. I couldn’t even last one entire race in “Project Cars,” a racing simulator. (Oculus rates apps based on comfort: Our favorite zombie-hunting game, “Into the Dead,” all but forces you to stop and take breaks.)

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Kickstarter celebrates STEM with a slate of kid-focused projects

This week, Kickstarter hosted a special STEM event at its headquarters in Brooklyn, showing off a variety of products intended to teach kids programming skills. If the prevailing wisdom is "hook 'em while they're young," that ethos was certainly on display here: The projects were fun and colorful, and one was even meant for children as young as three.

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